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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the difference between thrush and a Urinary Tract Infection?

    Interested to know how to tell difference between thrush and a Urinary Tract Infection?
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Hi Narelle,

    UTI stands for urinary tract infection or otherwise known as ‘cystitis’. This common condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection.

    Symtoms include;

    -Frequent painful urination- often burning sensation

    -Urgent need to urinate, even after urinating

    -Passing small amounts of urine each time

    -Cloudy, smelly urine or blood in the urine.

    Take a look at our fact sheet on cystitis for more info.

    Thrush is a common vaginal infection and is caused by the overgrowth of yeast-like fungi called Candida.

    Symptoms include;

    -A thick white creamy vaginal discharge

    -Itchiness and redness in and around the vagina

    -Discomfort and or pain during sexual intercourse

    -Burning on urination.

    Take a look at our fact sheet on thrush and other vaginal infections for more info.



    Women’s Health Educator

    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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  • Narelle Smithers

    Healthshare Member



    Fantastic, thank you for that information Belinaa- exrtreamly useful and I hope others benefit from reading it as i recently had a UTI and thought it was Thrush so I didnt go to the doctor and got very sick as a result of it.

  • Nicky @team healthshare

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    Hi Belinda,

    What causes UTI's? I've never had a UTI until recently and now i am on my second cause of antibiotics for it so i am interested in what causes it and if there is anything I can do to prevent it?

    Thanks for your help


  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Hi Nicky, Here is some information re UTIs which I  think will be helpful and I hope you recover soon. Just click on the link. Kind regards, Brenda

  • Dr Cristina Musso

    Counsellor, Sex Therapist



    Sexuality Education and Counselling ACT is run by a specialist in Sexual Health to help individuals and couples address their sexual concerns and improve their ... View Profile

    Bacteria is by far the most frequent cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and in women the most common symptom is a bladder infection.The ascending route is the most frequent route of UTIs in women. Bacteria that originate in the gastrointestinal tract may colonize the anus, vulva, vagina, gain acces to the urethra and the bladder and multiply producing an infection. Some women are prone to UTIs and often develop urinary infection associated with vaginal intercourse and with anatomic and hormonal changes (i.e pregnancy). I always suggest voiding the bladder after sexual activity as a mechanism of prevention. It would flush  contaminant organisms from the urethra. Good fluid intake and use of cotton underwear are also simple helpful measures.

  • Anonymous



    Just thought it would be good to add, that although most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria, it's also possible to get a candida urinary tract infection. I know because it happened to me. I thought I had a UTI so kept going to Dr's who kept testing for bacteria and saying it wasn't a UTI. I even had a kidney/pelvic ultrasound and blood tests. Thankfully one Dr figured it out eventually, but i became very ill in the mean time. I got it from having chronic vaginal candida which just spread upwards. Don't think it is common though.

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